The 24 runes of the Elder Futhark can be used to determine time with regard to the 24 hour clock the actual hour being the midpoint of the maximum influence of the rune, times some way before and after the hour are on the cusp of either the preceding or following rune which exerts an influence.
There are four directional runes which also relate to times of the day.
North – Jera: midnight 00.00 hours
East – Berkana: 06.00 hours
South – Dagaz: midday 12.00 hours
West – Kenaz: 18.00 hours
The hourly times of the runes start with the first letter in the runic alphabet Fehu at 12.30 and have the following hourly time slots which are as follows.
|Fehu||12.30 – 13.30||Eiwaz||00.30 – 01.30|
|Uruz||13.30 – 14.30||Pertho||01.30 – 02.30|
|Thurisaz||14.30 – 15.30||Algiz||02.30 – 03.30|
|Ansuz||15.30 – 16.30||Sowelo||03.30 – 04.30|
|Raido||16.30 – 17.30||Tiwaz||04.30 – 05.30|
|Kaunaz||17.30 – 18.30||Berkana||05.30 – 06.30|
|Gebo||18.30 – 19.30||Ehwaz||06.30 – 07.30|
|Wunjo||19.30 – 20.30||Mannaz||07.30 – 08.30|
|Hagalaz||20.30 – 21.30||Laguz||08.30 – 09.30|
|Nauthiz||21.30 – 22.30||Inguz||09.30 – 10.30|
|Isa||22.30 – 23.30||Othila||10.30 – 11.30|
|Jera||23.30 – 00.30||Dagaz||11.30 – 12.30|
Half Month Runes
There are also 24 runic half months in a yearly cycle as show below, the half months start and finish on the same day although I assume that before and after midday would be a rough dividing point.
|Fehu||Jun 29th||Jul 14th||Eiwaz||Dec 28th||Jan 14th|
|Uruz||Jul 14th||Jul 29th||Pertho||Jan 14th||Jan 28th|
|Thurisaz||Jul 29th||Aug 12th||Algiz||Jan 28th||Feb 12th|
|Ansuz||Aug 13th||Aug 29th||Sowelo||Feb 12th||Feb 27th|
|Raido||Aug 29th||Sep 13th||Tiwaz||Feb 27th||Mar 14th|
|Kaunaz||Sep 13th||Sep 28th||Berkana||Mar 14th||Mar 30th|
|Gebo||Sep 28th||Oct 13th||Ehwaz||Mar 30th||Apr 14th|
|Wunjo||Oct 13th||Oct 28th||Mannaz||Apr 14th||Apr 29th|
|Hagalaz||Oct 28th||Nov 13th||Laguz||Apr 29th||May 14th|
|Nauthiz||Nov 13th||Nov 28th||Inguz||May 14th||May 29th|
|Isa||Nov 28th||Dec 13th||Othila||May 29th||Jun 14th|
|Jera||Dec 13th||Dec 28th||Dagaz||Jun 14th||Jun 29th|
Natal or Birth Chart
Therefore, certain times of the day are influenced by two or possibly three runes, for instance 10am on July 5th would be influenced by the hour rune Inguz and the half month rune Fehu. However 10.25am on July 5th would be on the cusp of the hour rune Othila which would also have an influence. This is also serves as the basis of a natal or birth chart in runic astrology.
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